The Albanian Minister of Environment, Mr Fatmir Mediu, signed the Order N. 148 on 21.2.2013 which gives legal force to the standardized structure of management plans for the protected area prepared by the working group headed by IUCN within the framework of the “Institutional Support for Protected Areas in Albania” project. The Minister’s Order states that when elaborating a protected area management plan proposal, all institutions are legally obliged to use the approved standard structure as the base document.
The reference document has been produced by an IUCN-coordinated working group composed by the main international actors and donors working on protected areas in Albania. The working group involved technical staff of MoEFWA, staff from the United Nations Development Programme, JICA (Japanese Cooperation), GiZ (German Cooperation), and the EU SELEA and CEMSA project staff, as well as IUCN experts.
This is a major achievement for IUCN and the work it is leading in Albania. A dedicated handbook on the preparation of management plans for Albanian protected areas will be released in the upcoming months by the IUCN team of experts.
Prepared by Andrea GHIURGHI, IUCN